- Roger Waters says Mark Zuckerberg asked to use one of his Pink Floyd songs in a film to promote Instagram.
- The Pink Floyd co-founder says, despite being offered a ‘huge, huge amount of money,’ there’s no way he would allow it.
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Not many people in the world get personal requests from Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. Even less people get to publicly reject those requests in the fashion that Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters did last week.
Last week, while attending The People’s Forum supporting jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Waters informed the gathered crowd that he had recently been offered “a huge amount of money” if he would let Zuckerberg use his son “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2).”
“This is something that I actually put in my folder when I came out here today,” Waters says in video of his appearance.
“You have no idea what it is. Nobody does, because it arrived on the internet to me this morning. It’s a request for the rights to use my song, ‘Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2),’ in the making of a film to promote Instagram.”
Waters continued, “So it’s a missive from Mark Zuckerberg to me. Arrived this morning. With an offer of a huge, huge amount of money and the answer is, ‘F–k you! No f–king way!
“And I only mention that because it’s the insidious movement of them to take over absolutely everything. So those of us who do have any power, and I do have a little bit, in terms of control of the publishing of my songs I do anyway. So I will not be a party to this bullsh-t, Zuckerberg.”
Waters also read the message he says he received from Zuckerberg.
“‘We want to thank you for considering this project,'” said Waters. “‘We feel that the core sentiment of this song is still so prevalent and necessary today, which speaks to how timely a work it [is]’
“It’s true, and yet they want to sojourn it, to use it to make Facebook and Instagram even bigger and more powerful than it already is, so that it can continue to censor all of us in this room and prevent the story about Julian Assange getting out to the general public, so the general public can go ‘What? No. No more. Nada mas.'”
Waters wasn’t done there. He then went off a little more, saying, “Zuckerberg features in my new rock and roll show, I’ve got him sitting… no, I shouldn’t tell you, but he does. But you say, how did this little prick, who started off going, ‘She’s pretty, we’ll give her a 4 out of 5, she’s ugly, we’ll give her a 1.’ How the f–k did he get any power in anything? And yet here he is, one of the most powerful idiots in the world.”
“¡Vete a la chingada!”: @rogerwaters a Mark Zuckerberg. El músico contó que le ofrecieron “una gran cantidad de dinero” por permitir el uso de Another brick in the wall II para promover Instagram. Lo narró en un acto por la libertad de Julian Assange (@Wikileaks)#VideosLaJornada pic.twitter.com/gEVqaor8Eo
— La Jornada (@lajornadaonline) June 12, 2021